Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee passes away at the age of 85

The Bengali thespian breathed his last at a private hospital in Kolkata on Sunday morning
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Bengali veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee (85) passed away on Sunday morning in Kolkata. The thespian was admitted to a private hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 on October 6. Although Soumitra tested negative for Covid days later, several complications began emerging leading to the actor's deteriorating health.

Soumitra made his debut in legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray's movie Anpur Sansar. Soumitra and Ray have collaborated in fourteen films. Till 2016, the thespian has acted in over 200 movies.

Soumitra was in Calcutta in 1935. He grew up in town with a flourishing theatre culture. Soumitra had his first taste of acting while participating in school plays.

The actor has bagged three National Film Awards and conferred with the Padma Bhushan, Dadasaheb Phalke Award and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. In 2018, he was honoured the coveted Chevalier of Legion of Honor, France's highest civilian award, by French Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler.

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